- Mohamed Salah was lucky to escape a red card in Liverpool's win over Porto
- The Egyptian caught Danilo on the shin with his studs late in the second half of the game
- Liverpool take two-goal advantage to Porto after Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino strikes
Mohamed Salah was lucky to escape a red card during Liverpool's 2-0 win over Porto in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash on Tuesday night, April 9, according to ex-Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg.
Salah caught Danilo’s chin with his studs in a horror tackle during the closing moments of the game.
But it is not clear if the incident was checked by the VAR as Porto had called for a penalty earlier after Felipe dropped down in the penalty box under pressure from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
No action was taken by the match referee on either one as he resumed the game with a signal.
The Reds head to Portugal next week courtesy of two first-half goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be relieved his star forward was not sent off and will be available for the reverse fixture.
But ex-Premier League referee said: “Mo Salah was very fortunate not to be sent off for his challenge on Porto's Danilo Pereira.
“The Liverpool forward comes over the top of the ball and clearly plants his studs onto the shin of his opponent.
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"UEFA guidelines on this type of challenge are clear - anything with studs above the ankle is a red card.
'The VAR should have sent the referee to the review area, where I am sure he would have decided that Salah should be sent off. Instead, he is free to play in the second leg,” Clattenburg summed up.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Liverpool defeated FC Porto 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter finals clash on Tuesday night, April 9.
Jurgen Klopp made a few changes to the side that defeated Southampton at St. Mary's on Friday, April 5, in a Premier League clash.
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